Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Award-winning film and travel writer, storyteller, content provider:
TMAC, SATW, NATJA, Toronto Film Critics Association


Andy Everson: Unexpected

The creative force is strong within K’ómoks First Nations artist Andy Everson, who melds his childhood love of Star Wars with West Coast Indigenous art. “I grew up in the ’70s and certainly was enamoured with Star Wars,” says Everson, who collected the toys and loved the movies. An artist since the 1990s, he realized the familiar characters were more than one-dimensional sci-fi players, and decided in 2011 to use them in his art to help articulate his themes.
Montecristo Magazine Link to Story

How to fly to Toronto’s cottage country

Fortunately, there isn’t a “no-gloating section” on FlyGTA’s Toronto-to-Muskoka flights. The temptation to quip, “So long, suckers,” as the eight-seat Piper Navajo swings north for the 32-minute trip with Highway 404 clearly in view 3,000 feet below is irresistible. Flights on the new cottage-country route are $140 each way, running up and back Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Link to Story

The Koji Project

A seasonal and regional approach to Canadian cuisine forms the bedrock at Actinolite, the Ossington Avenue restaurant Justin Cournoyer opened in 2012 and named for the central-eastern Ontario town where he grew up. Despite Cournoyer's staunchly local outlook, three years ago it hit him — something was missing — and he needed to look across the ocean to another continent for the answer: miso.
Edible Toronto magazine Link to Story

Seductive Sumatra: Love at first sight

TUKTUK, Samosir Island, Sumatra — Here’s a travel riddle: What’s the world’s largest island in a lake — that’s also on an island in the ocean? “It’s geography nerd stuff,” our guide joked as the ferry chugged across Lake Toba in North Sumatra to our destination and trivia answer, Singapore-sized Samosir Island. We’re nerds in paradise, passing steep green slopes cut by deep inlets around the freshwater lake. With its unique local culture, this area is one of the showplaces of exotic Sumatra.
Travelife Magazine Link to Story

Laundry day never sounded so good

At the Columbus Washboard Company, America's last remaining washboard manufacturer, they're always happy to see people finding non-laundry-day uses for their product.
American Airlines magazine Link to Story

Cappadocia, Turkey: A glimpse of the Whirling Dervishes

Just saying the name stirs the imagination: Whirling Dervishes. We’re waiting in the courtyard of the superbly restored Saruhan Caravanserai near Avanos in the Cappadocia region in central Turkey. We are to watch a dervish ceremony. There’s a sense we were about to witness a secret thing, to be interlopers and see a Sufi Muslim religious ritual not meant to be shared with outsiders.
The Toronto Star/ Link to Story

Threads of God: The world's rarest pasta

Su filindeu, the world’s rarest and priciest pasta (at $150 per kilogram) looks rather humble sitting on a plate, like a rectangle of simple cheesecloth starched into an unyielding board. Holding it up to the light reveals complex artistry in the overlapping cross hatches of ultra-fine dried pasta that underscore the English translation of its Italian name: “the threads of God.” What makes this sheet of su filindeu even more dramatic is the colour: it’s stained deep, matte black with squid ink.
Edible Toronto magazine Link to Story

Taj Mahal 101: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Monument to Love

It's more than just viewing a pretty building, and you'll get the most out of the experience if you've read our need-to-know guide. Editor’s Note: The Taj Mahal is on Fodor’s 2018 No List due to scheduled renovation work throughout much of the year. With so much to see, taste, and experience in colorful, chaotic, thrilling India, you may be tempted to give the Taj Mahal a pass. Link to Story

Beaches make great galleries

Toronto residents don’t let winter get in the way of hitting the beach — or getting creative. This month, artists are erecting temporary installations — ranging from fanciful-to-thought-provoking as WinterStations launches its fourth annual exhibition Feb. 19 on the shores of Lake Ontario.
American Way in-flight magazine Link to Story

Eating your way through Montreal’s Jewish history

In 1938, a lucky poker win turned one-time busboy Moishe Lighter into a restaurant owner. Lighter’s son, Lenny, tells the story before chopped liver, filet poutine and sliced rib steak is served on the white linen-covered table at the place his dad won and turned into legendary Moishes Steakhouse. Stories add flavour to the feast in exploring Montreal’s traditional Jewish neighbourhoods of Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile End.
Toronto Star/ Link to Story

Fodor’s Go List 2018: No. 11: Prince Edward Island

Why It’s Wonderful: Prince Edward Island is an irresistible combination of rolling green hills and excellent beaches and seascapes, with bountiful shellfish, a gentle pace and a lively music scene. Link to Story

Helen Mirren: Joy of onscreen reunion with Donald Sutherland

As straight-talking southerner Ella Spencer in senior road trip comedy-drama The Leisure Seeker, Canadian Club rye on the rocks is Helen Mirren’s cocktail-hour usual. Canadian actor Donald Sutherland plays Ella’s longtime husband, John, and their pairing marks an onscreen reunion for the actors.
The Toronto Star/ Link to Story


Linda Barnard

A freelance travel writer for Toronto Star, Fodor's , American Way in-flight magazine, TravelPulse Canada, Canadian Traveller, PlanetWare, food writer for Edible Toronto and film writer for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Movie Entertainment Magazine and others, I have more than three decades of experience in deadline-driven digital and print journalism. I'm the former movie writer and a staff film critic at the Toronto Star and a National Newspaper Awards winner (Arts & Entertainment) and winner Best International Travel Story, SATW Canadian Chapter. I have extensive experience as a restaurant critic and food, wine and cocktail writer.
My creative content clients include Telefilm Canada, The Globe and Mail and Star Metro Media.
I write eloquent speeches, craft well-written targeted content and can provide media training.